Jack Nicholson, Tom Cruise, Demi Moore were cast as Marines involved in a dramatic courtroom thriller in 1992 called “A Few Good Men.” One scene stands out, used over the last 25 years in various ways as an example of what happens when someone tries to expose the truth. Col. Jessup (Nicholson) screams (in this picture above) at Lt. Kaffee (Cruise) from the witness stand, “You can’t handle the truth!!!”
Which as you’ve guessed by now, is sad but true for many people today. The truth is that Trump had to learn the hard way just how difficult a job it is to be President. The truth is that Hillary was so in her head, out of touch with real people with real jobs, that she thought she had the election in the bag. She’s still in denial about why she lost out on her life dream. She can’t handle the truth.
The sad fact exposed in the news everyday, is that more and more people around the globe are being sucked into the destructive patterns of Satan’s deceit. World religions gain in popularity while Christianity continues to decline and face persecution around the globe, in ways we can’t even imagine in this country. The rise of ecumenicalism is the demise of evangelical influence in the tiny towns of the plains, the villages in the mountains, and city to city, from coast to coast. It’s Sunday, and folks will be gathering for worship. But what will they hear from the pulpit?
Many will hear 10 minute homilies, written to address some social ill. Many will hear a 45 minute diatribe with material that repeats every 15 minutes. Many will hear what may sound like the truth, but really is a deceptively cunning twist and perversion of what God’s word really says. And in those few congregations where there is still a pastor who believes in the inerrancy of God’s Word, folks will hear the truth. They will hear exactly what God wants them to hear. But the question remains, “Can they handle it?”
Better still, what will they do with it?
The truth of God’s word is not just some comfortable blanket you wrap yourself in when you’re feeling cold and isolated by the world. It is not just a fan you turn on to blow when the heat of the world’s hate becomes too much to handle. The truth of God’s word is a SWORD. More often than not when we read it, and listen to it, and understand it’s talking to me personally, we are so struck by what we read, the word’s of the movie seem true… you can’t handle the truth!
By now, if you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you know that I have a favorite verse, and I use it often. It is most fitting to use again as a superior example of what I’m writing today. There is a singular statement that defines Jesus as God, in a way that no other religious deity or leader has ever stated. It comes from God’s Word, written by the apostle John, inspired by the Holy Spirit. This makes it truth.
Jesus said to him (Thomas),
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”
Millions in this world today deny this truth. Millions in this world are vehemently crying out about the exclusiveness of this verse, in a world who’s current buzzword is inclusiveness. That’s the heart of the ecumenical movement. They say, “Oh, we’ll all get to heaven; we just take different routes, enter through different doors.” However, this simply doesn’t match what God’s word says. They can’t handle the truth. There is only one door, only one gate, … and only one WAY.
This is my “Exposé of Truth” – John 14:6.
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